An Authentic Taiwanese Pineapple Cake Recipe | 鳳梨酥

Taiwanese pineapple cakes in serving dish, individual ones on plates, and tea and tea pot behind

Taiwanese pineapple cakes, a delicious treat popular in Taiwan throughout the year, are square-shaped crisp and crumbly pastries filled with delicious pineapple jam. I spent the day with regular contributor Diana Chan, as she shared her recipe to make these treats at home. A little time consuming, but not at all complicated, it’s hard to beat this authentic homemade version. ... Read more »

Travel Quote Tuesday | Leave Only Footprints

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” ~ Chief Si’ahl. Also known as Chief Seattle (an anglicisation of his actual name), Chief Si’ahl was a leading figure among his people, the Suquamish and Duwamish Native Americans. The city of Seattle in Washingston state was named for him, in celebration of his efforts to forge a positive relationship between his peoples and white immigrant settlers ... Read more »

Recipe: Yuzu Cream, Rhubarb or Plums, and Pistachio Crumble

Yuzu Cream, Rhubarb and Pistachio Crumble Recipe from The Japanese Larder by Luiz Hara | Bringing Japanese Ingredients Into Your Everyday Cooking

You may already have read my recent review of The Japanese Larder by chef, food writer and supperclub host Luiz Hara. The publishers have kindly given permission to share three great recipes from the book with you. The first two, for crispy and deeply savoury Marmite chicken and Japanese-style mabo dofu are already up. Here’s the third ... Read more »

The Best Souvenirs to Buy in Portugal

The latest in our series of guides to the best souvenirs to buy around the world, here we are sharing some of the best ideas for souvenirs to buy in Portugal. From traditional tiles and jewellery to classic food and drink items like tinned sardines and egg custard tarts, there are plenty of ideas to ... Read more »

Travel Quote Tuesday | My Dream Became My Address

“When I went to Venice my dream became my address.” ~ Marcel Proust. I’m always surprised when I hear a traveller tell me they didn’t think much of Venice, that they didn’t feel its magic or fall for its beauty. For me, it’s a dream destination, and one I can’t imagine being bored by! ... Read more »

Feeding The Hype | Din Tai Fung Opens In London

A very hotly anticipated launch, Din Tai Fung opened its first London restaurant to huge hype and queues. Like many who’ve tasted DTF’s famous Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) before, my friends and I were keen to find out whether the London branch would live up to our memories. Find out if it did! ... Read more »

Ramsgate Restaurant | The Empire Room

The Empire Room, within the Royal Harbour Hotel, in Ramsgate is a popular restaurant not only with residents of the hotel, but those looking for a good restaurant for a delicious meal. Located in a basement beneath The Royal Harbour Hotel, The Empire Room doesn’t suffer from its lack of windows; it’s been decorated with a ... Read more »

Recipe: Japanese-Style Mabo Dofu (Tofu with Spicy Miso Pork Sauce)

Japanese-style Mabo Dofu Recipe from The Japanese Larder by Luiz Hara | Bringing Japanese Ingredients Into Your Everyday Cooking

You may already have read my recent review of The Japanese Larder by chef, food writer and supperclub host Luiz Hara. The publishers have kindly given permission to share three great recipes from the book with you. The first, for crispy and deeply savoury Marmite Chicken, is already up. Here’s Luiz’ Japanese-style mabo dofu. And the third, ... Read more »